The story for Carolina lartely has been the team playing well at even strength but the powerplay stumbling and costing them the game. In tonight's 4-2 loss against the Penguins, it was a different story. Carolina came out strong and outplayed Pittsburgh for the first 20 minutes but couldn't score. Then the Pens woke up and Carolina was outchanced 18-6 at even strength for the last two periods and ended up taking the loss. It could have been a lot worse had it not been for the powerplay which generated 8 total chances, scored a goal and could have had at least one more. The Canes were given a 5-on-3 (eventually 6-on-3 w/ Boucher pulled) late in the game and could have tied the game there but the bounces weren't going their way. Jussi Jokinen had an open net to shoot at with 17 seconds left but, unfortunately, the shot went right off the post and goaltender Brent Johnson was able to cover it before anyone could get to the rebound. That's just the way things were going.
It would have been nice for the Canes to get at least a point out of this one but they were only the better team for 20 minutes tonight. If their effort from the first period carried over for the rest of the game then maybe they wouldn't have needed a six-on-three powerplay to help them try to tie things up. That's just the way things go when you're one of the worst teams in the league playing against one of the best.
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